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SASCOC announces selection policy for football for RIO 2016
- Updated: July 17, 2015
Contrary to inaccurate statements in the media regarding the selection policy for football’s participation in the Rio Olympics 2016, SASCOC hereby wishes to place on record that the criteria set by its Board is the only determinant for selection for any Games that fall under the auspices of the Olympic Committee.
Chapter 4, paragraph 3 of the Olympic Charter states explicitly that:
“The NOCs have the exclusive authority for the representation of their respective countries at the Olympic Games and at the regional, continental or world multi-sports competitions patronised by the IOC.”
SASCOC, as the National Olympic Committee (NOC) in South Africa is the only authority that has the mandate to determine selection policy.
In this regard, it is SASCOC’s determination that, in order for South African football to participate at Rio 2016, it will have to qualify through the continental route, as there is no alternative structure in place to allow for selection.
“Unlike other sports, football does not have a world qualification criteria. The SASCOC Board have examined the requirements that it had previously announced and have decided, in reviewing the selection policy, that football will be included as long as they qualify through the African route”, said Mr Tubby Reddy, CEO of SASCOC.
Mr Reddy added that “the Board has determined that the men and women’s football teams must qualify through Africa and that no other criteria will be accepted, irrespective of what some sports bodies believe.”